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. >> we have very good physical therapists. >> ten years ago, while treating patients on high defense painkillers, she found something surprising. not only were those patients not getting pain relief but the painkillers were, in fact, doing something that could best be described as the opposite, making patients more sensitive to pain. it's called hyperalgesia. so, more pain medications ultimately meant more pain. and that, of course, means, well, even more pain medications. it's easy to see the problem. >> the hyperalgesia was so obvious in those patients that you could, for example, see that they couldn't bear the sheet on them or any intravenous stick was abnormally painful to them. >> you said that this has essentially been 20 years of failed experiment and that not many people are sort of supporting this anymore except for the die-hards and the pharmaceutical industry? >> i would never suggest that we shouldn't continue to prescribe for those that are really helped by opiates, people who have a real need, but the way we do at the moment is actually harming more patients than it he
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